Dear students and parents,
From the National Summer Learning Association’s site:
- All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardised tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).
- Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.
You can take the time you did not have during the school year to become more cultured (read the classics in literature, a history book, or a biography on a scientist you admire), practice your instrument more assiduously than you were able to during the school year, volunteer, take a walk in nature, explore a park, visit a museum, or perfect any other skill wherever your personal interest may lie. Just do not stay idle!